Am I important? Am I somebody?

There are two no more important questions that you can ask yourself. Why? Generally what we do with our lives, how our children develop can be determined by how we perceive ourselves. If you lack a strong sense of self-esteem it is often reflected in how you live your life. For example, a drug addict and alcoholic are those who lack self-esteem and must do something synthetic to help them feel that they are somebody.

Too many define importance and being somebody as someone who is rich, with expensive cars, money, houses and other symbols of material wealth. It is my conviction that richness is a state of mind not a state of being.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and untold numbers of great people died materially poor, but they died important and definitely defined as somebody.

If we continually put an over-emphasis on entertainers and athletes, it does our children and ourselves a great disservice. Almost everywhere you go the conversation is about Big Ben and his problems. Very rarely have I heard any person being as concerned about the schools being closed.

This week’s column is brief by design, because I want you to ask yourself, your family, friends, co-workers and whomever, the questions: Am I important? Am I somebody?

Please remember Kingsley Association.

(Louis “Hop” Kendrick is a weekly contributor to the Forum Page.)


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